One of the things that always surprises me, as a parent, is the way everyone else knows how I should be parenting my children. It tends to make me a bit ornery, so I could really relate to Lora Lynn's story about less-than-child-friendly San-Franciscans.
Once upon a time, we were driving to PA from IN to visit the Mad Scientist's parents, and we decided to stop at a hotel the first evening. This hotel, like most, had a continental breakfast included in the cost of the room. This breakfast left a lot to be desired.
I try hard to feed my family healthy, wholesome foods. Presented that morning with rubbery "scrambled eggs" that had obviously come out of a box, white bagels, white toast, white english muffins, orange juice that was mostly water, and a selection of sugary, dyed cereals, I decided "healthy" wasn't really an option. As I was trying to determine what my children would like to eat that I was willing to feed them, our fellow diners were horrified to hear Monkey #1 ask for coffee.
Now, I come from a long line of Norwegians. Norwegians are well known for drinking coffee, and Norwegian children typically start coffee at a very young age. Many parents will give their children sugar cubes dipped in coffee as a treat, which is their first introduction to the beverage. So, even though I wasn't completely thrilled when the Mad Scientist first determined that Monkey #1 liked coffee, I decided to chalk it up to heritage, and stress about more important things. He drinks it well-diluted with milk, with a little sugar, and I'm sure there are much worse things I could be giving him.
Apparently our fellow diners didn't agree. As I handed Monkey #1 his cup of coffee-flavoured milk, the high-school girls behind me (eating the sugary dyed cereal I wouldn't let my children have) began a discussion of my parenting abilities and breakfast choices that gradually increased in volume, until one announced in a voice I couldn't have possibly failed to hear "I'm just saying that orange juice would be a little HEALTHIER!"
I decided to laugh.